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April 04, 2018

The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuoteGetting ready for a long-distance move to Wichita Falls? If so, then of course you’ll need to make sure that you are receiving the best rate from your residential long-distance moving company. One of the best ways to lock in the best rate on long distance movers is to get quotes from multiple companies. When looking over the estimates you receive from various companies, however, there are some vital items you'll want to look for.

1. Estimate Type

Long Distance Moving estimates mostly fall into one of three types:

  • non-binding - the final amount you're charged is based on the actuals (amount of time or distance traveled/weight, depending on how the company bills) required for your move, regardless of what your original quoted amount may have been.
  • not-to-exceed - your total charges are guaranteed to be equal to or less than the price quoted.
  • binding - the price you're quoted is the amount you'll pay for your relocation no matter what.

When accumulating quotes, make sure to find out precisely which type of estimate each mover is providing.

2. Valuation

Many professional movers will build in a basic amount of insurance coverage to protect you from monetary loss if any of your possessions are lost or damaged during transport. The standard rate of coverage is about $0.60 per pound, though this can change from one company to the next, so make sure to ask.

You might also be provided the option to purchase additional coverage, which may be recommended if you have valuable stuff being transported. It is a commonplace misunderstanding that customers automatically have full coverage when they employ a moving company, so make sure and discuss coverage prior to picking a mover.

3. Packing

As section of your long-distance moving quote, packing services might also be included if you ask for them. If you're interested in getting help with your packing, a lot of moving companies offer both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you will be provided with professional help with particular items that you have designated ahead of time. Full packing assistance, alternately, should encompass total assistance with all of your packing and may even include packing supplies (however this can vary). Make sure to double check each company's pack count and verify the correct service level is being quoted for your long-distance move.

4. 3rd Party Services

Be sure to look for exclusions in your moving estimate. For example, if one mover quotes appliance relocation service and another company does not, you jump to the conclusion that the latter moving company is providing the best value or lowest quoted price. In reality, you may be in for bad news when the company shows up and informs you appliance service is additional.

While some moving companies will offer more third-party services than others, it is imperative to double check with each company and get in writing exactly what is included versus what may cost extra.

5. Weight

Finally, it is vital to comprehend what the estimated weight is and how precise it is. If there is a large variance (greater than 10%) between the estimated weight and actual weight of a shipment, it's a possibility that the moving company mis-quoted or mis-calculated the weight. Make sure you have a good understanding of who will be responsible for the weight difference, should one occur.

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we understand that each long distance move to Wichita Falls is very unique. Hence, we craft our moving services to fit your requirements. From our free in-home estimates for the most exact quote to packing, loading, and delivery services--we can assist with every facet of your long-distance move. Schedule your free consultation or find out more about what we can do for you by clicking here today!

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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